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The Second Battle – Won!

The second battle of the campaign for BS-DI is now over. Loyal readers will remember the first fight, known as the storming of the ramparts of academe. Once over the wall, our forces regrouped and charged the campus, only be met by our implacable foes the Barbarians, lead by Cheryl of the Algebraics. The historians, poets, and priests of academe tried to flank us on the right and the left, but were brushed aside by our calvary. Our strongest force, the infantry, has been engaged in hand to hand combat for what seems like forever, but in reality has only been 12 weeks. Nearing exhaustion, we have finally managed to dislodge the foe, but not before suffering from the slings and arrows of mis-function. Battered, bruised, and in urgent need of resupply, we are barricaded in a safe house, and will rest here awhile before resuming our attack. In the far distance, we can see the key structure, known locally as the cistern, which, successfully taken, will mark our victory as complete. But there is much fighting ahead………..

As another warrior has said:

… my purpose holds
To sail beyond the sunset, and the baths
Of all the western stars, until I die.
It may be that the gulfs will wash us down;
It may be we shall touch the Happy Isles,
And see the great Achilles, whom we knew.
Tho’ much is taken, much abides; and tho’
We are not now that strength which in old days
Moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are,–
One equal temper of heroic hearts,
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.

Word, brother.


“Life’s hard, son. It’s harder when you’re stupid.” — The Duke.

Education is a companion which no misfortune can depress, no crime can destroy, no enemy can alienate,no despotism can enslave. At home, a friend, abroad, an introduction, in solitude a solace and in society an ornament.It chastens vice, it guides virtue, it gives at once grace and government to genius. Without it, what is man? A splendid slave, a reasoning savage. - Joseph Addison
The term informavore (also spelled informivore) characterizes an organism that consumes information. It is meant to be a description of human behavior in modern information society, in comparison to omnivore, as a description of humans consuming food. George A. Miller [1] coined the term in 1983 as an analogy to how organisms survive by consuming negative entropy (as suggested by Erwin Schrödinger [2]). Miller states, "Just as the body survives by ingesting negative entropy, so the mind survives by ingesting information. In a very general sense, all higher organisms are informavores." - Wikipedia

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